Rose Grogan successfully represents the Waltham Forest Cinema Trust at a called-in planning appeal

Rose Grogan successfully represents the Waltham Forest Cinema Trust at a called-in planning appeal


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On 23 May 2013, the Secretary of State dismissed an appeal against Waltham Forest Borough Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for listed building consent and change of use of the Grade II* listed former Granada Cinema in Walthamstow. The Appellants, the Incorporated Trustees of the UCKG Helpcentre, were seeking permission to use the former cinema for mixed religious, community/assembly, café and retail uses. Rose Grogan represented the Waltham Forest Cinema Trust, a rule 6 party, at a 3 week inquiry in December. The Trust has joined forces with the Soho Theatre to create an alternative vision for the former cinema as an entertainment venue. The WFCT’s proposals were the subject of intense scrutiny during the course of the Inquiry, covering issues of viability, regeneration of the town centre and heritage. The Inspector concluded that the WFCT’s proposals represented, on the face of it, the optimum viable use of the building under paragraph 134 of the National Planning Policy Framework.


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